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In his Prime

In his Prime
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Copyright: Evelynn Smith (Evelynn) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2025 W: 741 N: 3285] (14454)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-10-06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Canon 400D Digital Rebel XTi, Canon EF 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 IS USM, @ ISO 400
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/400 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-10-22 20:51
Viewed: 3556
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mule Deer have large ears that move constantly and independently, from whence they get their name, "Mule" or "Burro Deer." They do not run as other deer, but have a peculiar and distinctive bounding leap (stotting) over distances up to 8 yards, with all 4 feet coming down together. In this fashion, they can reach a speed of 45 m.p.h. for short periods.

This stocky deer with sturdy legs is 4 to 6-1/2 feet in length and 3 to 3-1/2 feet high at the shoulder. During the summer, the coat on its upper body is yellow- or reddish-brown, while in winter more gray. The throat patch, rump patch, inside ears and inside legs are white with lower portions running cream to tan. A dark V-shaped mark, extending from a point between the eyes upward and laterally is characteristic of all Mule Deer but is more conspicuous in males.

Males are larger than females. The bucks' antlers, which start growth in spring and are shed around December each year, are high and branch forward, forking equally into 2 tines with a spread up to 4 feet.


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Hello Evelynn

What a magnificent beast!
The attentive pose is terrific.I see the many similarities to the white tailed deer but I see so many differences too.
The focus is sharp with wonderful detail.
You have managed to capture this in a lovely setting with a tapestry of colours and textures to the foliage.
And back to this deer,standing unobstructed with such a strong look.


Beautiful shot with nice colours.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-10-22 22:40]

Hi Evelynn,
Wonderful shot of this elegant Mule Deer among that amazing natural habitat. Great colours and the image is neat and sharp. Beautiful lighting and I like your chosen POV to portray it. Very nicely composed too.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-10-22 22:59]

Hello Evelynn,
How lovely to see this beautiful Mule Deer emerging out of the undergrowth! Excellent focus and fine details. A lovely composition in fine colours.
TFS and cheers,Ulla

Hello Evelynn,
I guess this male has the perfect antler.
The ears are very large indeed. I saw in Kruger that most antelope species can move their ears independently as well.
A mule is a hybrid between a horse and a donkey and Burro is the Spanish word for donkey.
However the antler is more impressive compared to the ears, I guess. The former isn't always available though.
It's a magnificent beast indeed.
Thanks for sharing it in this autumn setting...

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-10-22 23:48]

Hi Evelynn

Great orange/yellow palette here combined with excellent 'Monarch of the Glen' type pose. Well seen and captured.

Got back yesterday at 4.30am.


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-23 0:10]

Hello Evelynn,
A wonderful capture of this deer. I love the pose. Excellent lighting on the face and the antlers. Lovely natural colors and a wonderful setting.
Regards Siggi

Hello Evelynn,
Great capture of this Mule Deer, with such colourful foliage they are not easy to spot? and get a well focussed photo
You did very well
Kind regards

Hi Evelynn,
Never seen Mule Deer myself, it looks very different to Red Scottish Deer I must say, thanks for sharing this beautiful creature! I like the delicate pastel tones very much, combination of yellows, browns and greens with plenty of details, beautiful!
TFS & regards,

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2008-10-23 6:20]

This picture looks like a fairy tale, it's unreal because it is such a beautiful magical animal. The colours of fall add brightness. Wow Evelynn, this is a beautiful picture, sharp and colourful - the colours in your pictures are always superb, and the deer is stunning with beauty, frozen in time yet seemingly so alive. Thank you!


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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-10-23 8:20]

Beautiful capture of that great Deer! Well done Evelynn, it can't be sharper, the exposure is fine and the overall quality is very high! Well done!


beautiful portrait with great colours, TFS Ori

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-10-23 9:42]

Hello Evelynn,
A superb capture of a Mule Deer stag. Technically this is great and I like the composition with a bit of autumnal vegetation on the right that suits this pose and POV.
TFS this beauty,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-10-23 11:40]

Hello Evelynn,
Fantastic pose and colour composition in this photo. Excellent sharp details and beautiful natural colours. Great surroundings.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2008-10-23 14:50]

Beautiful shot of this fine looking Mule Deer Buck Evelynn,
Great pose with that high standing rack of his, makes him look like he's the king of his territory.
Love the soft lighting and the very natural looking colors. You can see how easily he would be able to blend into his surroundings for concealment. Well done!!
We only have Whitetails here in Ohio so it's always a special treat to view a really outstanding Mule Deer photo.

hello Evelynn

excellent close-up shot of this mule deer
with the autumnal colours background,
fine POV, excellent sharpness and details,
beautiful eye-contact with you, TFS


I love the image and I love these Mule Deer...they are now very hard to find among the white tailed here in WA at least in my part. I did see one yesterday on a ride with Jane...but there were people behind me in a hurry and no place to pull off....crazy and speedy world I live in...but thanks to God I have folks like you to help all along...

Wonderful shot of this elegant Mule Deer among that amazing natural habitat.

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2008-10-24 23:11]

Beautiful Fall colors with a wonderful little 6 point buck for a bonus. The deer is very sharp and great details. Exposure is wonderful and the warm lighting is perfect for this shot.

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-10-25 10:39]

Hello Evelin,

This is avery good photo with the deer. You have coght the animal im a fine pose and made good use of it. The sharpness of the image is very fine showing even small details of the deer and plants arround. The light has been very well used so that colors are vivid and natural looking.

Thank you for sharing,

What a handsome critter. Lovely bg, too -- a shot in itself (or this is a lanscape with a subject in it!). Very nicely captured, especially in the wild. My personal taste would have been to crop it a bit on the right to place him better in the frame (though I'm not sure you had enough room in front of him to mae much of a difference). Still, what an amazing critter!

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-10-28 6:20]

Hi Evelynn

What a lovely specimen you have captured here.
Complimented by the spectacular fall colours of the environment.
He gave you a lovely pose and the eye contact is just great.
Fortunately this deer doesn't make me yawn (chuckle) as I still want to do some more
critiques before I go to hospital (tomorrow) to have an "incisional hernia" repaired.

Very well done and TFS.

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